This quick and easy peppermint hot chocolate is almost too easy to call a recipe. Using pre-made hot cocoa mix and a secret ingredient, you can make a rich and creamy drink that everyone will love.
This is one of those recipes that I'm ashamed to post. It's too easy to count as a recipe.
Last week, I traveled to Utah to participate in some staff meetings for AboutOne. While I was there, I learned of my coworkers' affinity for a certain flavor of non-dairy creamer. Not a coffee drinker, I would never have tried the creamer. Working remotely, I would never have become aware of my friends' obsession for the stuff.
I laughed as a local coworker shuttled a visiting coworker around Bountiful, Utah, in search of the magical flavor. I could not find any hot chocolate mix in our otherwise splendid hotel (free chocolate chip cookies at the front desk 24 hours a day!), or I might have tried the creamer myself.
Having forgotten all about the peppermint mocha creamer, I spied a display of hot chocolate and mini marshmallows at the grocery store after church yesterday. I found the cheapest variety of milk chocolate cocoa, grabbed a bag of mini marshmallows, and headed for the dairy case. I found a couple of different brands of peppermint mocha creamer, so I picked the cheapest one of those, too.
We always do something to make lunch special on Sundays. Yesterday, it was the peppermint hot chocolate.
While I boiled water, Joe emptied one hot chocolate packet into each of our mugs. Grace filled the mugs part way (okay, most of the way) with mini marshmallows, and I poured in the water.
After the mix was dissolved, I added creamer to each cup. I don't have any idea how much; I just poured until the cup was full.
My first sip was tentative. I thought I didn't like the concoction. A second sip followed, and then a third. I liked it. I daresay it was delicious. Trying hard to set a good example, I stopped at one mug full. I think after the kids are in bed, I'll have another.
How to make peppermint hot chocolate
Did I mentioned that I'm embarrassed to call this a recipe?
- Pour about 8 ounces of boiling water or hot milk into a large mug.
- Empty the contents of one packet of hot cocoa mix into the mug and follow it with a handful of mini marshmallows. Stir until the mix is dissolved.
- Pour in about 2 tablespoons of peppermint mocha coffee creamer and 1 ounce of vanilla vodka, chocolate vodka, or peppermint schnapps (if using - totally optional).
- Stir the hot cocoa with an unwrapped candy cane and serve.
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Feels Like Home BlogÃ¢”ž¢ says
Really? I was nominated for a Homeschool Blog Award? How did I not know that?!
Sometimes those simple recipes are the best kind. This looks SO yummy! I'm going to definitely try it! (and the simplicity means it is within my cooking abilities. hehe)